Critical Evaluation on “Leadership and Creativity: Understanding Leadership from a Creative Problem-Solving Perspective”

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This article mainly discussed about leadership and creativity from the problem-solving perspective by concerning outcomes from previous studies. The purpose of the article is to develop the individual facts, which is focusing on cognitive processes related to creative outcomes,and to give suggestions of how leaders can enhance the creative problem-solving of their employees. However, there are more complex facts that may affect the creative products in terms of contextual factors; for example, different types of leadership that may affect employee creativity are not fully discussed in this article. Secondly, there are some shortcomings of the research approach by using analytical research method. Next, alternative research method will be suggested in the third part. Therefore, the main purpose of my essay is to demonstrate that there are more factors need to be considered in the process of creative problem-solving and to explain why some other research methods should be used in this focusing topic.

This given article is based on the current research which identified different factors may affect organizational creativity, including both individual and organizational level, the author generally introduced the factors from individual and organizational levels with the models of creativity. Then the author focuses on discussing the individual factors that may influence creative problem-solving. Next, similarities between cognitive processes and creative problem solving are introduced as to come up with the main theme. Specifically, there are four core processes in cognitive process which share the same process of problem solving. While cognitive process in problem solving is an internal fact from employees. The author uses models of ...

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